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Talk to the Hand: 08/21/09
Talk to the Hand by Lynne Truss offers to do for manners what her book Eats Leaves and Shoots does for grammar and punctuation. She has six topics: basic manners, who should be doing it, personal space, rude words, respecting authority and personal responsibility.
I really hoped to learn something about the history or cultural differences of her six topics but the book doesn't follow through. Instead the book has six loosely themed rants about society today and the inconveniences of her life.
Instead of learning about manners I learned that Truss hates technology, holds a grudge against anyone who doesn't play by her version of polite behavior, spends enough money on her credit card while traveling to cause her bank to panic, and hates the forced politeness at places like Walmart. None of these rants are especially funny.
Comment #1: Saturday, August, 22, 2009 at 17:58:51
It sounds really annoying!
Comment #2: Sunday, August 23, 2009 at 15:43:26
It just wasn't very insightful. It was a whole lot of complaining without anything interesting to back up her ire.